A recent Quest Diagnostics study indicated a significant rise in new diabetes cases in states that expanded Medicaid eligibility under the Affordable Care Act. The study reported that in states that expanded Medicaid, newly identified cases of diabetes rose 23 percent, compared to just .4 percent in the states that did not expand the program. Quest’s study was based on results of hemoglobin A1C tests, which reflect long-term glucose in the blood.

ExamOne, a Quest Diagnostics company, provides valuable testing services to health plans and their members, including Medicaid. MediCheck™ is a dedicated data collection system offered by ExamOne that enables health plans to control the health risk assessment process.

The recent Quest study highlights the importance of regular health assessments for health plan members.

“Our study demonstrates the value of objective insights gleaned from aggregate diagnostic data for informing population health strategies that can promote better health outcomes,” said Jay Wohlgemuth, M.D., senior vice president and chief scientific officer – research, development and medical, Quest Diagnostics.

A key finding in the study said that people with diabetes were identified at earlier stages in states that expanded Medicaid. According to the study, Quest scientists found lower hemoglobin A1C levels in newly identified patients in expansion states versus those in non-expansion states.

Early diagnosis and treatment are key to managing chronic health conditions such as diabetes, and can reduce the risk of developing additional health complications. The goal of MediCheck is to assist health plans with the data collection necessary to identify risks, and ultimately provide a plan for members to manage their health. Whether the health risk assessment process uncovers new information or reinforces the existing recommendations of the member’s physician, the documentation of those conditions, along with the face-to-face coaching, can help ensure that health plans are not only HEDIS-ready, but also actively supporting member health.

 

In 2015, I Commit To: Customer Service

by ExamOne on May 1, 2015

John Ballou serves as ExamOne’s Director of Informatics, overseeing a team responsible for quality assurance, data reference and reporting. In 2015, John and his team continue to be committed to delivering the highest level of customer service:

We are dedicated to a Six Sigma quality assurance process that ensures ExamOne continues to provide valuable, innovative products, services and information to the life insurance industry. In 2015, I am committed to offering the best training (Six Sigma and other programs) and resources for our employees – ultimately delivering consistent, reliable information and insights for our clients. Our commitment to excellent customer service is best demonstrated by our commitment to our employees.

We are excited to continue our commitment to our clients and ensure they have access to innovative products and services that help streamline the applicant process. If you have questions, reach out to John at John.W.Ballou@QuestDiagnostics.com.

More Than 800,000 Applicants Have Viewed Their Results Online

April 29, 2015 Producers

With our online laboratory results we’re sharing more than just test values. The information we deliver includes detailed insight empowering applicants to take action. Four years ago we committed to ensuring every applicant has convenient, online access to his or her laboratory results. Today, more than 800,000 life insurance applicants have viewed their laboratory results via […]

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2015 AHOU Conference Recap

April 29, 2015 Producers

Insurance underwriters nationwide gathered at the 2015 Association of Home Office Underwriters Conference April 26-29, 2015 in Washington D.C. to gain insights about what is affecting the insurance industry as well as knowledge about underwriting trends. ExamOne was there as a sponsor, exhibitor and the host of the company’s annual customer appreciation event. Our representatives […]

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Action from Insight – ExamOne and Quest Diagnostics Commitment

April 27, 2015 Carriers

Quest Diagnostics, parent company of ExamOne, is currently undergoing a brand refresh with a new look, a new logo and a new slogan: “Action from Insight.” In April, the logo made its debut on QuestDiagnostics.com and all of Quest’s social media sites. “We’re refreshing our brand. We’re tightening up our ability to talk about our […]

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April Is Alcohol Awareness Month

April 23, 2015 Carriers

During the month of April, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) sponsors Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, and reduce the stigma associated with alcoholism that too often prevents individuals and families from seeking help. Alcohol in the Workplace Alcohol abuse, which can lead to alcoholism, is a […]

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Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

April 21, 2015 Carriers

Our everyday heroes work behind the scenes in our laboratories. They play a vital role in the critical testing we perform to help applicants obtain the protection of life insurance. Our lab employees are committed to putting applicants first by delivering accurate results with the fastest turnaround times possible. This year, Medical Laboratory Professionals Week […]

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Alcohol and Seniors

April 1, 2015 MediCheck

During the month of April, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) sponsors Alcohol Awareness Month to increase public awareness and understanding, and reduce the stigma associated with alcoholism that too often prevents individuals and families from seeking help. Alcohol abuse, which can lead to alcoholism, is a pattern of drinking resulting […]

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March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March 25, 2015 Carriers

Did you know colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths? To raise awareness of this deadly disease, March has been declared Colorectal Cancer Awareness month. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be almost 133,000 new cases and 49,700 deaths from the disease in the […]

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Local Sales: 2015 Commitment

March 17, 2015 Producers

Our local account team is led by Joey Grant, Director of Field Sales and is comprised of 80 local sales representatives across the nation. These individuals are committed to serving the producers and brokers in the life insurance industry. Every day they spend their time meeting with agents, visiting their offices, learning each agent’s unique business needs and educating them on workflows and processes that can provide a better experience for their applicants.

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